Real Madrid delay Antonio Conte after ex-Chelsea boss demanded two signings

Antonio Conte’s move to Real Madrid has stalled after the Italian asked the club’s hierarchy to make two transfers during negotiations, according to reports in Spain.

Madrid have now confirmed the sacking of Julen Lopetegui and have announced that Santiago Solari, the club’s Castilla coach since the summer of 2016, has ‘provisionally replaced’ him as manager.

Conte is available after he was sacked by Chelsea in the summer and has been in talks with the Champions League holders.

But according to Marca, the 49-year-old’s arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu has been slowed down due to his demands.

The report claims that Conte has already asked Madrid to sign a new central defender to suit his favoured three-man defensive system.

Conte has asked Madrid to sign a centre-back and a striker

And the ex-Chelsea manager has also asked for a striker who is capable of leading the line on his own.

Conte has used a similar formation at both Juventus and Chelsea and has won league titles in Serie A and the Premier League.